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stuff and it's all for all of us not to fall for it. >> john avalon, thank you very much for that. "new day" -- >> is rowe versus wade in jeopardy? >> sounds like it. >> "new day" continues right now. a near total ban on apportion now on the verge of becoming law in alabama. >> we will never get a heartbeat bill until roe v. wade is reversed. >> this is a court that is ready to overturn the decision made almost 40 years ago. >> we are having a little squabble with china, we've been treated with he unfairly. >> farmers in the midwest have been hurt they hard. i am not in agreement with that he's willing to take these risks. >> nobody wants tariffs. >> sometimes it's a necessary resort. after days of push back, donald trump jr. will come in in mid-june. >> they want him to testify again. i have no idea why. it seems very unfair to me. >> you will see members of the committee want to get to the heart of the matter about the june 9th meeting at trump tower.
>> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> and good morning everyone. welcome to your new day, it is wednesday, may 15th, 8:00 now in the east. we begin with breaking news. the most restrictive abortion bill in the country just passed in alabama. the state's lawmakers effectively banned abortion making virtually every single abortion a felony, punishable by 99 years in prison for the doctor. republican backers pushed the bill forward with one important goal and that is to overturn the landmark supreme court ruling on rowe versus wade which legalized abortions nationwide in 1973 and gave women the constitutional right to end a pregnancy. >> the critical take away here, this law is designed to force a ruling in the supreme court and with the new makeup of the court, mean analysts do believe that roe is in jeopardy. the alabama law bans abortions in case of rape or insist. the governor has six days to
sign the bill, it is expected that she will. democratic state senator bobby singleton voted against the bill and choked back tears on the floor of alabama's senate after it was passed. >> you just said to my daughter you don't matter. you don't matter in the state of alabama. that the state of alabama don't care nothing about you, baby. i've got to go home and tell her the state of alabama don't care nothing about you, baby. >> and that state senator, bobby singleton, joins us now. senator, thank you so much for being here. what do you think now, the day after this has passed the alabama legislature? >> oh, i think this is a horrible bill still. i think that we raped women last night. we made women of alabama the model of the new rowe versus wade. i think this is a horrible bill.
hopefully if it gets to that level to the supreme court and the supreme court will not select this as a test case. >> is that why your colleagues passed this? do they really want to send doctors to prison for 99 years or are they hoping that this will -- i mean, what's really the purpose of this, to try to overturn roe v. wade? >> you know, i would like to think that it's just for the purpose of roe v. wade, but, you know, there are some members on that side of the aisle who really believe sincerely in this. i asked to sponsor that just last night, you know, is that your intent to send doctors to jail for 99 years, or even for an attempted abortion up to ten years in prison for attempt, not defining what an attempt is? but, you know, they just look me in my eyes with a stare as if, yes, that's what i want to do. >> you talked so emotionally about your own daughter
yesterday while this was all happening. i believe you have two daughters, nine and ten years old. did you have any conversations with them about this last night after this passed? >> yes, i did. i actually had a conversation with them before it. you know, before i left last thursday there was at least 12 republicans who had mentioned that their wives or their sisters or their daughters had said to them, dad, or brother, don't go down there and vote for that bill. something went wrong over the weekend that members got lobbied or whatever happened and only four of those republicans stood with us to stand on it. so i don't know whatever happened to the other eight, but i think that they all have to go back and look at their wives and their sisters and their daughters and their mothers in the face to say what they did last night. but about my daughter, you know, i just think the fact that -- i hate to think the fact that if someone would rape my daughter at 12 years old because in the state of alabama two years ago we had a test case where a
12-year-old was raped by her uncle and if we -- if i had to have that, you know, that is just sad to tell my daughter that she had to carry that baby for nine months here in the state of alabama and look that rapist in the face for the rest of her life. i just couldn't take it as a father, so i had to speak up for women all over the country, for women in the state of alabama because this was just wrong. i have a living mother, i have aunts, i have a sister and i have nieces and i have this -- these two daughters that is very precious to me, which make me stand for women on this particular issue. >> here is what one of your female colleagues who was one of the co-sponsors of this bill says was her motivation, she says this bill is about challenging roe v. wade and protecting the lives of the unborn because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection. i have prayed my way through this bill. this is the way we get where we want to get eventually. so, look, we understand how
passionate this issue is on both sides, but i'm just wondering do your colleagues who voted for this, do they ever talk about what happens after that 12-year-old who was the victim of rape and incest has the baby? are they a lotting resources for mental health, et cetera, et cetera, for what happens after that little girl has -- after that girl has to have her rapist's baby? >> no, we can't even get them to talk about healthcare in the state of alabama. anytime you talk about healthcare in alabama they think you want to expand medicaid and want to do what they call obamacare. that is just a bad word around the state of alabama. there is no new money even in our budget for mental health, even at the department of justice came in and said that we even are violating prisoners' rights with mental health in the state of alabama. just to put money in the budget just for regular every day patients of mental health or for women reproductive rights or
just for women health for infant mortality rate that is high in areas like my district that are rural and poor, hospitals are closing down in the areas, you know, doctors are leaving the area and they don't even want to address that. so there's no conversation. some of these gentlemen just don't have the heart to do it. >> the latest quinnipiac poll in terms of how americans feel about abortion is from july and it says that if the supreme court were to overturn roe v. wade would you consider it a good thing or a bad thing? 23% believe good thing, 66% of the country believe that would be a bad thing. i also wonder about your colleagues who sponsored this or who certainly voted for it, do they fear any sort of political backlash? >> obviously not because this bill that they put together looked like it was a rush job. they really didn't do a good job in defining -- actually defining when life starts. it's just about when a woman know that she's pregnant then if
she goes to have an abortion at that time does a doctor face thatcriminalization. they didn't define what attempt of abortion is. it sounded like one of those bills that they just jumped on, something going nationally with republicans right now. so it's no real thought in this, they are just trying to get to the hill to say that we are the first to race in to get roe overturned, which state is going to be first. we are going to waste a lot of money in legal funds trying to make that happen and the state of alabama just don't have that kind of money to be fighting legal challenges like this. >> now it goes to the governor for signature. what do you want to say to your governor? >> i say governor ivey, you are a compassionate woman. do not sign this bill. think about what you're doing to mothers, think about what you're doing to babies that could be raped. think about what you're doing to women in their reproductive
health in your state. you say you want a build, governor, that is going to lead by example, then lead by example, governor, and overturn this or at least put an executive amendment on this bill for rape and insist and give us a chance to at least concur with your amendment before you sign it. >> state senator bobby singleton, thank you very much for bringing us your perspective on what's happened in alabama yesterday. >> thank you for having me. joining us now is cnn chief political correspondent dana bash. the point that's important for people to realize is this is not an abstraction at this point. the supreme court has changed, anthony kennedy who was the swing vote on abortion is gone, brett kavanaugh who it is believed has opinions on abortion is there. there are people like jeffrey toobin to think roe v. wade is done. this case designed to work its way uo the court and get some kind of a ruling. >> he called it a rush job. there's little question that
there is a race in some of these very conservative states to be the first to poke at the supreme court to try to get this to the supreme court. whether or not this is going to be the one, of course, there was a law that was just passed and signed into law in georgia, less restrictive than alabama, but still pretty restrictive. we'll see. as i was listening to him and as i'm hearing you i'm actually thinking about, you know, not that long ago, several months ago, talking to senator susan collins, republican, of maine, who voted for brett kavanaugh, who is for abortion rights and said publicly she said that she heard this from him privately, she said to me in an interview i am convinced that he is going to stand by precedent. as you said, that was something that people were hearing about -- thinking about a legal -- an abstract legal discussion. well, it's not going to be potentially abstract anymore. potentially really soon it's not
going to be abstract. >> so all of the democratic candidates for 2020 are speaking out about this. i don't know about all, but certainly many of them yesterday spoke out including senator elizabeth warren who said she's lived in america when abortion wasn't legal, she remembers that america and we are never again going back there, but i'm not sure what will happen if this goes to the supreme court and if this is -- if roe v. wade is overturned. i'm not sure what she means by what would happen next. >> we don't know. we don't know, you know, how quickly it would go through the federal court process. whether the spect -- he just hinted at this -- would take this case. it just depends on a whole host of issues, legal issues. and then the whole question of just politics, you mentioned in 2020, is that for so long the energy has been on the republican and the conservative side when it comes to abortion. for a generation because that's how long roe v. wade -- a
generation plus. i mean, decades and decades. people -- elizabeth warren was getting to there is that people who are for abortion rights have -- many of them have been complacent because that's just the way it is and nobody could expect -- could think of an america without roe v. wade in place. this could shake that and change the debate and dynamic in a very big way and i expect it to very soon on the campaign trail. >> bill clinton ran on abortion being safe, legal and rare which is a place that democrats thought was a middle ground they could sit on for a long time. when you're banning abortion for rape and incest it's pushing the whole framework of the debate so far. >> so far, so different. we remember when bill clinton said safe, legal and rare when he was trying to run -- and he successfully ran as a moderate democrat. the democratic field already is completely different, is already very far to the left, but the
question is -- and i was just texting with somebody who was an expert on pennsylvania, for example, a swing state where the suburbs where women in the suburbs could and will and traditionally do decide the fate of a state like pennsylvania whether this could change it because some of those women, no the all of them, hillary clinton won the suburbs, but some of them went for donald trump. maybe it would be different now because if roe v. wade, if abortion is on the top of their mind they tend to be more fiscally conservative and socially liberal. >> these so-called heartbeat beats around the country and certainly what's happening in alabama is bringing this all to a fore in a way that the candidates haven't been talking about, senator kirsten gillibrand announced she's going to be holding an event on the state capitol of georgia, that's where, as you know, hollywood has turned out and they are saying to pull their business from georgia. that is a state that's getting a lot of attention so we will see what her message is tomorrow on the state capitol. >> beto o'rourke has talked about it, too. a lot of the candidates are now speaking out over the last 12
hours. i expect you will hear from all of them if we haven't already. >> it feels like there is a shift in the debate. whether or not it's going to last very long we will see and whether or not it will continue to penetrate beyond the primaries and into the general election, it's hard to see that it won't. this is going to not go away. >> great to have you here. >> thank you. president trump's trade war having a major impact on american farmers after talks with china have halted. some farmers seem to be losing hope. we're going to introduce you to some of these midwest farmers bearing the brunt of the burden next. department of veteran's affairs partnered with t-mobile for business, to help care for veterans everywhere. with va video connect, powered by t-mobile, men and women who serve can speak to their doctors from virtually anywhere, and get the care they deserve, so they can return to their most important post. best friend, quarterback, or just dad. the va provides the care, t-mobile provides the coverage.
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midwest farmers are losing patience with the president's trade war with china as they suffer more than most from tariff hikes. on monday the president promised to use tariff revenue paid by u.s. companies to subsidize them, but that may not be enough. cnn's martin savidge is live in davenport, iowa, with more. >> reporter: we have a beautiful day on tap, blue skies which
have been a rarity in iowa, the weather has been awful. farmers will be racing into the fields to get their planting done. it's about the only bright spot in what otherwise is a very gloomy picture down on the farm. robert ewal readiees for another day of battle, an iowa farmer on the front line of america's trade war with china, a war president trump says he's winning, but ewald says he's losing. china has stopped buying his soybeans, cutting his income by half. he still has a third of last year's crop in storage and this season it will likely cost him more to grow their soybeans than he can sell them for. >> this is survival at this point. i mean, for a lot of operations it is a survival thing. >> reporter: things are so bad he has taken a second job, he drives a truck all night and farms by day. >> that's what's allowing you to
survive? >> that's what's keeping this farm alive. >> ewald isn't alone, across the midwest farm incomes are down and bankruptcies are up. every morning in thousands of farm towns like this one farmers gather for coffee and to commiserate. it's not just tariffs. across the midwest and southeast farmers are also reeling from disaster, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, even fires. it's been raining so much in iowa farmers are nearly a month late getting into their fields and every day they delay costs them more money. >> how far behind are you? >> there's almost nothing planted out here. >> reporter: to try and help democrats in the house joined by 34 republicans voted for a $19 billion disaster relief package, some of which would have gone to help farmers, but president trump opposed the plan, tweeting, house republicans should not vote for the bad
democrat disaster supplemental bill. now that relief is bogged down in the republican controlled senate over how much assistance to give hurricane devastated puerto rico. and so back in republican voting farm districts there is a growing bumper crop of frustration, particularly with the president who brags about his negotiating skills. >> my uneducated guess is that he better hurry up and start producing a little bit because this negotiation that i'm seeing so far has not panned out. >> you voted for this president. >> yes. >> regrets? >> yes. >> reporter: larry engler adds up the money he expects to lose this year. >> between me and my daughter together probably $100,000, $150,000. >> did you vote for trump? >> i did. i'll never vote for him again. >> reporter: the financial impact goes well beyond just the farm, though. i mean, when you start thinking
about, say, the equipment, the tractors, they're $350,000 plus to be purchased so that means the companies that sell them not to mention the companies like john deere that make them, they will be feeling the pinch as farmers cut back. then there's the seed that may not be bought in as high a number, the fertilizer that's used, you can go on and on, the banks that float the loans to pay for everything. it will ripple across the united states in ways that many people who aren't expected to farming have no idea how it's going to hurt them as well. john? >> martin staff annual in davenport, iowa. thanks very much. joining me now is republican congressman adam kinzinger, he is from illinois. thank you for being with us, congressman. we just heard from martin from next door in iowa, from farmers there, but i want to play you sound from a farmer from your own district in illinois, a soybean and corn farmer, he was on cbs this morning with my friend dean reynolds. listen. >> every day that this ticks on farmers are the ones that are taking it on the gentleman you. >> how long is this going to go
on before you say, hey, this is too much? you're ruining us out here. >> i think to a point you could say we're already there. >> that farmer in your district, congressman, says he's being ruined by these tariffs. what do you say to him? >> look, it's not great for farmers and here is why, the chinese have basically decided to go after trump's base. if president obama was doing this, if he was taking on chinese unfair trade practices, which he never did, they would be going after the base that voted for him. it's not something i like, i would do some of this differently than the president, for instance, i would have entered the trans-pacific partnership, tpp, and fought from a position of strength. i would not be having the fight with europe, et cetera. but this should have been done 10 or 20 years ago with china. there is no doubt it should have been done. there is some pain and it's terrible and we need to do everything we can to make sure that we alleviate that as much as possible. one of the great things is my new free trade born again free trade democratic friends should
pass the usmca. this is something we can get ton:unto replace nafta, it's food for farmers. but i heard some say they don't want to give trump a win. >> what's your message to the farmer there, that it's worth it? that it's worth his farm? it's worth his livelihood? >> you can't put it in -- i talk to these farmers all the time, i was home on monday talking to all these farmers and they're frustrated and i'm expressing that frustration with them, but they also understand that this is a fight that now that we're in it we have to win. if the u.s. backs away at this moment and frankly all over the network we're seeing, you know, all these stories of people that are wanting the president to back away, if you back away from this fight right now the concessions that will be extracted from us will be painful and then we're going to be having months and months of talking about why the chinese are still eating our lunch. >> last point on this. you said you were for tpp, to some extent you are a free trader. from an economic standpoint who pays tariffs? >> i mean, obviously it's paid by the people that buy the goods. >> which is in this case?
>> it would be u.s. consumers, just like as the chinese put tariffs on our goods, the chinese will pay that. but the point is tariff what that does is it makes it -- obviously puts it on a level playing field with u.s. goods so it advantages u.s. goods which is why tariffs we don't want to use them unless we're treated unfairly and the chinese obviously know that this trade imbalance much more is devastating to them than us in this process. >> congressman, you are on the foreign affairs committee. we learned overnight that the state department has requested -- ordered the removal of all nonemergency personnel from iraq. do you know why? >> no. there's probably, you know, intel that they have. i will put it this way, iraq is very tenuous right now, we know that there are energized shia militias that are supported by iran and iraq and so if something were to spark off in the middle east, if, you know, iran decides they want to clots
could be targets in syria and yemen. it makes sense that nonessential personnel -- >> it has the appearance of being connected somehow, we don't know for sure, to this rising tension with iran. way nt to read you a quote from "the new york times" about this. the united states has said that the trump administration over the last couple weeks there has been intelligence that iran was planning some kind of attacks on u.s. interests over in that region. we haven't seen that intelligence, with he don't know what it is. one american official speaking on the condition of anonymity said new intelligence of an increased iranian threat was small stuff and did not merit the military planning being driven by mr. bolton, john bolton, national security adviser. the official said the ultimate goal of the year long economic sanctions campaign by the trump administration was to draw iran into an armed conflict with the united states. do you feel that john bolton is pushing the president towards -- >> no, i think that's ludicrous. it's another unnamed official.
have the courage to say your name. the idea that the administration wants to get into armed conflict with iran it may make good for political back and forth, but it's not true. they're not pining for armed conflict. look, do they want to take the iranians down from what they're doing around the world? absolutely. when i say take down, get rid of their adventurism, what they're doing in yemen, supporting the houthi rebels, giving weapons to the houthi rebels, putting them in the middle of civilian population so civilians get killed. look at what they're doing in syria, in lebanon, around israel. it would be nice if they didn't do that anymore, but the idea that we are desperate for a military conflict from an unnamed official is ludicrous. but we do want the iranians to stop ruining the middle east like they're doing. >> you were active military, the air force national guard, i believe, right, and thank you very much for your service on that. >> yeah. >> but there are those who argue that the increased presence, u.s. presence, in the region as
well as the clear ratcheting up of the rhetoric might create the possibility, increase the possibility, of some kind of accident. does that concern you? >> yeah, i mean, it sounds like some of that is a little bit of the blame america first crowd. i think us having a strong stand in the middle east frankly makes armed conflict less likely because what it says it, iran, if you try to close the straits, if you attack -- by the way, a quarter of americans killed in iraq were killed by iran either directly or indirectly through technology. >> you're talking about the shia militias, correct? >> i'm talking about the shia militias and iranian intelligence and iranian efp, explosive foreign penetrators in the ieds that actually ended up leading to the loss of american life which was iranian technology exported to these militias. all this they obviously have a history of going after and killing americans. i think to actually go in with a position of strength which i know is new in the last decade to say if you touch us there's going to be a high cost, i think
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a little breaking news because cnn that is just learned that president trump is expected to announce the details about his immigration plan as early as tomorrow. so far protections for dreamers has not been discussed in meetings with lawmakers. so what will this mean for the 2020 race? let's bring in jonathan martin, a national political correspondent at the "new york times," we also have david chelian. do you know what this new plan would look like? >> no, we have not seen details of this plan and this timing of this news that we're learning a plan may come as soon as tomorrow is also intriguing because of all the reporting that came out of capitol hill yesterday that our reporting and others that republican lawmakers
were underwhelmed with what jared kushner and stephen miller presented to them. so if the president is now going to roll out a sort of full immigration plan that already we're hearing rumblings that republican lawmakers are not entirely on board with, it's a strange place to hard with the rollout. i don't think that instantly we will see democrats and republicans rally around it. >> i'm kept can ael that we will see a plan in the next few days. this feels like cleanup on aisle trump after the "washington post" story which said that jared kushner stumbled a little bit behind closed doors when trying to explain the immigration stuff to republican lawmakers. i want to move on to big 2020 news. jonathan martin, to you. you had a compelling piece in the "times" this morning with maggie haberman describing what is either a white house strategy or a trump strategy vis-a-vis joe biden or an accidental posture.
now, the joe biden people have been thrilled apparently that the president keeps on talking about joe biden and there are trump advisers hong it's an accident, but on the other hand, and this is what you get to that i think is so interesting, there are people who suggest that the president is doing it purposefully. president trump has told advisers he believes he can portray biden as a representative of an ossified political class the same way he did hillary clinton, wounding him with enough attacks and put downs that mr. biden will either stagger into the general election or collapse in the primary. explain. >> well, the president since biden got in the race late last month on a nearly daily basis has been targeting him on twitter, in interviews and comments to the press and formally he has given him two variations of a nickname through his talk of his top lawyer, rudy giuliani, was going to go on a mission to the ukraine to try to like get some dirt on the biden family. so it's been this frontal assault and it has not escaped
notice of the biden campaign, other democrats in the race or certainly gop officials who don't get the latter don't get why the president is elevating somebody that they don't necessarily want to face next year in the general election. here is why, biden does not want to talk about his primary. he wants to focus on trump entirely. he wants to avoid these litmus tests that are taking place on his left flank and wants to basically stay above the fray. by trump attacking him, he sets up this trump/biden frame that let's biden effectively do that. if biden can exchange fire with trump every day, biden is really enjoying that. >> but, david, who could blame president trump for thinking that this will be an effective successful strategy to cripple joe biden by the time the convention or whatever, the general comes because that's what he did -- he vanquished 17 republican challengers in this very way. so he's going back to that playbook. >> yeah, i'm not sure this is
necessarily a terrible they think for donald trump to be doing. there's no doubt as jonathan reported so well and as we've heard from republican operatives it makes them nervous because of exactly what jonathan is saying, it plays entirely into the biden playbook, but that doesn't mean that donald trump with all this running room ahead of him knocking at the guy that is the front runner that may take him on right now, first of all, i just don't think you are going to be able to stop the president from doing that, if you are in his inner circle. >> that's right. >> and so there is a potential upside for the president which is to start building that frame around joe biden right now and trying to take him down several pegs, even if he emerges as the democratic nominee. >> real fast, john, i think the question here is, you know, does trump believe that biden's nomination is inevitable? if he does, this strategy makes more sense, right, because if you think he's going to be the
standard bearer next year you may as well start now, but a lot of folks in both parties, though, who aren't convinced biden is going to be the nominee and they'd rather have somebody else, the republicans would, and they don't want to make him the inevitable nominee. that's where the concern comes in. >> if one of those other people jonathan is referring to emerges then without being touched at all for months at a time they emerge and they are the dragon slayer of biden and they emerge in such a stronger position where the president and his team have not touching him so effectively. >> is that a "game of thrones" reference? >> almost. almost. winter is coming. david chalian, elizabeth warren quickly if we can. she's not going to do a fox news town hall and the reason she says is she doesn't want to be as involved as she puts it in the hate for profit machine. that was an interesting way of saying no, david. >> yeah, it's a way that works really well this grassroots fundraising emails to supporters. it's a way that works really well to energize that part of
the base of the democratic party that she so desperately needs. she needs to keep slicing away from bernie sanders support, a natural fit there for her, and this is -- it's a no-brainer. and, by the way, it's just as a no-brainer for some other candidates running who want to do the fox news town hall and reach out to some voters, but for elizabeth warren's strategy who is not doing big fundraisers, living off these email grassroots foundation, trying to build a list of supporters, i think this makes perfect sense for her. >> we have to go. thank you both very much. so if there's a new york knicks fan in your life they probably need a hug today. >> the third pick goes to the new york knicks. >> zion williamson he is not coming to the big apple so who gets the number one pick? you just heard out loud. we will cover all of this next. why go with anybody else? we know their rates are good, we know that they're always going to take care of us.
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♪ i am the champion so this week we're bringing you stories of remarkable people who are making a lasting impact around the world, we call the series "champions for change" and this morning bill weir catching up with a long time friend in fort worth, texas, they last met in greece, one of five so-called blue zones, places where active healthy lifestyles are common and so, too, are people living beyond the age of 100. bill weir joins us now with the secret to life. >> fountain of youth right here, baby. >> we should have talked to you
earlier. >> every eight seconds a baby boomer turns 73 these days. depending on where you live that's either the beginning of the end or just a turn in a long road. my champion for change went around longevity to see if we c steal you. >> if you take a ferry from mikonos past landmarks of greek mythology you will discover the island where people forget to die. a place where people live to age 90 at a rate up to four times greater than americans. with a fraction of our rates of dementia and alzheimer's. >> life expectancy in america is 79, we should be able to live to 92. somewhere along the line we're leaving 13 years on the table. >> and when a national geographic explorer found this place, something clicked. >> so my quest is how do we get
those extra 13 years and how do we make those extra 13 years good years? >> that one question sent him on a lifelong quest to bring back the secrets of the happiest, healthiest sent nare yans in the world. every time his team found a pocket of longevity they'd circle it on the map in blue ink. they learned in these blue zones nine key lifestyle choices matter just as much or more than good gene. >> move naturally every day, be able to articulate your sense of purpose, have daily rituals that reverse the stress of every day living, have a little wine at 5:00, east mostly a plant-based diet, especially beans and nuts, eat a huge breakfast, belong to a faith-based community, put your family first, keep your aging parents nearby and cure rate a special group of friends, four or five friends who will nudge you in the right
direction. >> his lessons stuck with me. as i traveled the world over the years i assumed that blue zones were only for small, simple, isolated societies, where the healthy choice is the only choice. this could never work in the modern land of the free, home of the whopper, right? >> there he is. >> wrong. bucking the status quo with science and common sense dan has blue zoned the entire states of iowa and hawaii. 45 american cities including one of the biggest and unhealthiest in the land. >> when i asked for a blue zone in the united states and you told me fort worth, texas. >> probably the last place -- >> i thought you were pulling my leg. >> when my kids were in high school i watched their friends just getting more and more out of shape and that's happening to our whole population, particularly in texas, land of chicken fried steak, barbecue and mexican food. >> when mayor betsy price realized her city full of sedentary and obese smokers ranked near the bottom of
national wellness surveys she started holding rolling town halls and then she brought in dan and blue zones. >> and the response from the room all the leaders there up in the 15th floor of the fort worth club was, i don't know, it sounds like you're taking our freedoms away from us. and i said, fine, then keep doing what you're doing and betsy price said, no, no, i think we ought to give dan a chance. >> show bill how we roll in fort worth. >> the republican mayor built more parks and sidewalks. and got behind the blue zone's idea to create walking school buses which give seniors a sense of purpose each morning, tightens community and gets kids moving. >> this is part of it. >> while the city bans smoking in bars and restaurants, dan's team convinced convenience stores in food deserts to sell more fruits and veges. >> how much do you end up throwing away? >> none. >> it sells all. >> yeah. >> that's fantastic. i love it. >> they have steak houses to offer more healthy options.
>> this may be the first time in my life i ever ordered a vegetarian taco. >> and he taught the folks at texas health resources that the most coveted parking spots should be the ones furthest away from the building. >> doing a row of the blue zones parking spaces encourages people to just take a little walk, not a big one, but a little walk. >> as the ceo explains this only works with buy in from everyone, government, business, faith communities, and in five years he says they've moved up in wellness rankings from 185th in the nation to number 31. saving around $250 million. >> the people we saw in nicorea if you asked them how they got to be 100 they probably couldn't tell. >> you right. >> they just live their life. they herd their goats, tended their garden, spent time with their family, went to church on sundays, went to parties during the summer, but they were getting good sleep, they were eating mostly plant-based food,
they were nudged into movement every 20 minutes. as a residue of their environment. we are just trying to take that blueprint from places like there and lay it over places like fort worth, texas, and lo and behold it works. >> it works. >> that is why dan is my champion for change, proving that with a few healthy nudges we can all create our own islands where people forget to die. and the sad thing is really the blue zones are kind of building extinct. these people in these little pockets lived in a sweet spot where they had modern medicine to stave off infectious disease but hadn't adopted all the modern lifestyles that give us the chronic diseases, but we captured that blueprint and we know we can duplicate it regardless of where you are. you don't have to live on the greek islands. >> but i want to. >> clearly i am going to choose the island over fort worth. what i like about it is it's attainable. for the most part those things are attainable.
>> it's little choices. i was thinking there's a magic bullet, it's the honey or water. no, it's friends that nudge you every day in the right direction. >> thanks so much for bringing that to us. we are redoubling our efforts at longevity and wellness. >> so you need more friends. good luck with that. >> and sleep. >> that's the problem. bill, thank you very much. we have more inspiring stories this week. tune in this saturday at 10:00 p.m. eastern time for an hour long "champions for change" special. much more news coming up. we will be right back. with verizon up, we won luke bryan tickets. there's an area just for verizon up members. it made me feel like a celebrity. (vo) the network more people rely on, gives you more. like big savings on our best phones when you switch. that's verizon.
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